Are The Russians Sneaking Troops Into Belarus?

From Reuters: Russia has left troops behind after staging war games in Belarus despite promising not to, Ukraine’s Commander in Chief Viktor Muzhenko told Reuters. His comments could increase tension between the two neighbors and contradict the Belarussian defense ministry spokesman, who said the last train of Russian troops and equipment had left Belarus on … Continue reading Are The Russians Sneaking Troops Into Belarus?

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Does the UK election mean anything for the U.S.?

(The original of this appeared on American Politics Made Super) As always, yes and no. Yes because the ideology of austerity-driven neoliberalism, that which is championed by Theresa May’s suddenly flailing government, is a major component of the ruling Republican Party in the United States. It’s what Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, believes in … Continue reading Does the UK election mean anything for the U.S.?

Emmanuelle Macron’s Multiplying Challenges

Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief.  As reported by Reuters: Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union. The centrist's emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will … Continue reading Emmanuelle Macron’s Multiplying Challenges

The Forces Shaping the Critical French Election: Populism, Pride, and Prejudice

And why is it so critical?  Nothing less than the European Union is at stake - and with it, the geopolitical contract that has bound Germany and France together since World War II. After the defeat of anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders early this month in the Netherlands, it is reasonable to ask if populism as … Continue reading The Forces Shaping the Critical French Election: Populism, Pride, and Prejudice

Germany Pushes Back on Trump

From Reuters: German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money for defense. "There is no debt account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target … Continue reading Germany Pushes Back on Trump

Romania Rising: Populism By Different Means

The tale of 2016-17 has been of anti-neoliberal populists hijacking great parties and great states, forcing policy change down the throats of elites who believed they had arrived at a permanent consensus.  They have largely been the harbinger of an uglier form of politics, giving breath to nationalists, racists, and irrational bigotry that are a … Continue reading Romania Rising: Populism By Different Means

Donald Trump’s No Good, Very Bad, Absolutely Stupid Comments on NATO and the EU

(Note: This article has been edited for clarity) NATO is "obsolete."  The European Union will, and perhaps should, lose more members. Such are the words of the president-elect of the United States, and they are unequivocally terrible. When Trump slams NATO, he is quietly whispering to deadened nightmares Europe thought it had laid to rest. … Continue reading Donald Trump’s No Good, Very Bad, Absolutely Stupid Comments on NATO and the EU

How We Got To Brexit

So they went ahead and did it. They were warned; boy, were they warned.  Economist after economist, leaders both near and far, even their own prime minister, all with the same line: to Leave is to suffer.  Upon the eve of the vote, even the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) did not … Continue reading How We Got To Brexit